Tuesday Research Seminars

Tuesdays from 2.30 to 4.00pm

Refreshments available from 2.00pm

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A series of seminars designed to give scholars and graduate students a chance to present their in-progress research. Time is allocated for asking questions and sharing comments.

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Christian-Muslim Relations in Jordan: Local responses to the Syrian refugee crisis


Since 2011, more than 5 million Syrians have fled civil war in their country. Most of these refugees live in local communities in neighbouring countries, primarily in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. This talk presents doctoral research in 2015-16 with Arab and Western Christians providing support to Syrian refugees living in Jordan, and it explores implications of this encounter for Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle East and globally.
Theodore Abu Qurrah's Treatise on the Veneration of the Holy Icons: the implications of shared religious space between Muslims and Christians in ninth-century Edessa

Scriptural Reasoning's Challenge to Muslims


Despite the increasing number of Muslims participating in the scriptural reasoning project, the question of Muslims' position vis à vis non- Islamic scriptures is imperious. While scriptural reasoning requires participants to read various scriptures in the light of each other, I argue that the proposed methodology might be problematic in the light of Muslims' position towards non- Islamic scriptures. The proposed study aims to re- examine the so- called isrāilīyyāt in the Islamic literature. The genre refers to the collection of narratives and reports coming from Christians and Jewish traditions. More particularly the study tends to examine the early Muslims involvement in the pre- Quranic scriptures’ discussion.
Signs of Faith: Visible identity markers in contemporary Islam and Christianity


Humans are instinctively tribal and believers are no exception. From veils and crosses to fish and even sharks, Christians and Muslims have employed a wide range of visible identity markers to create distinction. This paper explores the visible symbols that are used to mark religious tribal boundaries and asks whether Christians in the west may feel themselves to be at a disadvantage for lack of visual distinctiveness.